Here, this should goad you Christian anti-date-setters and you atheists and agnostics, too, all in one swoop. Can’t do much better’n that!
It is tempting to think the antichrist will arise on one of the upcoming solar or lunar eclipses. This is how it could work out:
There is a match if we account Christ returning on Rosh Hoshanah in 2022. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the “Days of Awe”, starting about ten days before Yom Kippur. It is described in the Torah as a day of sounding the Shofar trumpet. A very appropriate description for the Lord’s return (Matt. 24:29-31; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
So according to the prophecies in the scripture (as many read them), seven years prior to that, Antichrist will arise. We can fit this to the above date for Christ’s return, but the effort is complicated by the fact that the Jewish calendar uses the actual lunar cycle as a month, and twelve lunar months do not exactly equal a solar year. The Jewish calendar compensates for this by periodically adding a 13th month to the year. The result for us is that the Jewish feast days occur on different secular dates each year. (Jewish Calendar) On our secular calendar (Gregorian), the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, occurs in 2022 on a different date than it does seven years earlier in 2015. (Jewish feast days begin at sundown; and the dates for Rosh Hashanah below are from the Jewish Holidays Calendar):
Sept 13-15, 2015 to Sept 25-27, 2022
Using these dates, antichrist would arise on Rosh Hashanah on the partial solar eclipse of 9/13/15. This is not the solar eclipse at the center of the lunar tetrad, but still occurs between the third and fourth lunar eclipses. See the graphic below.
Or try this link: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2015.html
Once Antichrist steps onto the stage, the prophecies say, then the tribulation begins roughly 3 1/2 years later. Specifically that would likely be 1260 (Rev. 11:3, 12:6) or 1290 days (Dan. 12:11) before Christ’s return. Using the above dates, this would be around April 15, or March 16th 2019 (I’m using the TimeAndDate website to calculate). March 30, 2019 is the Sabbath of the Red Heifer.
So, does Jesus Christ return with a shout, with the sound of the trumpet (Matt. 24:29-31; 1 Thess. 4:13-18) on Rosh Hashanah, Sept 25-27, 2022?
Can’t say, but I’ll be watching through the summer and into the fall of 2015 for a military campaign in the Middle East that would end with a seven-year peace accord signed in Jerusalem.